Train Ride/Museum Information

The Mid-Continent Experience

Take a memorable, seven-mile, 55-minute round-trip ride on a former branch line of the Chicago & North Western Railway nestled in a valley between the Baraboo Hills in rural Sauk County. Passengers ride in restored steel coaches built a century ago. An authentically-attired conductor will call "all aboard!" before the train leaves from an historic wooden depot, built in 1894.

Mid-Continent is much more than just a train ride. Our Coach Shed is filled with restored wooden passenger, freight cars and displays from the turn of the century. There you will find examples of Mid-Continent's nationally-renowned wood car restorations such as the Badger #2 "Fish Car", the exquisite Art Nouveau-motif of the Milwaukee Lake Shore & Western #63, the 1903-built Copper Range coach #60. In our outdoor display yard, you can inspect steam locomotives up-close, including Copper Range locomotive #29, Soo Line #2645 and Kewaunee Green Bay & Western #49. In all, there are nearly 40 train cars and locomotives on prominent display.

A free self-guided tour pamphlet is available from the depot ticket window. Alternatively, the Mid-Continent Compendium is available from the ticket window for $5.00. It contains 104 pages of in-depth information and makes for a terrific souvenir.

2015 Schedule

View our 2015 Summer Brochure and our Special Event Brochure.

Dates of Operation

Departure Times and Museum Hours

Departure times can differ during special events. Find out more about special events below.

All trains are currently powered by DIESEL locomotives. Read more about our ongoing effort to again operate steam locomotives on our Steam Status page. Mid-Continent reserves the right to substitute equipment.

Special Events

Join Mid-Continent for a trip through the fall foliage, the glistening winter landscape, and more! Special events mean more departures, more experiences, and a wider variety of ticket options. Click the events listed below for more information.

Event Dates
Snow Train Feb. 14-15, 2015
Mother's Day Weekend May 9-10, 2015
Autumn Color Weekends Oct. 9*-10-11, 2015
* denotes limited schedule
Pumpkin Special Oct. 17-18, 2015
Santa Express Nov. 28-29, 2015
Snow Train, 2016 Feb. 12-13, 2016


Note: Fares differ during our winter events.

Standard Tickets (Summer Season)
Fare Class Coach Car Fare Caboose Fare Locomotive Cab Fare
Adult $20.00 $22.00 $55.00*
Senior (62+) $18.00 $20.00
Student (13-17) $15.00 $17.00
Child (3-12) $10.00 $12.00 $55.00* (minimum age 12)
Child (2 and Under) Free Free Not allowed

*Locomotive Cab seating is a high-decibel environment. Wearing hearing protection is recommended for those with sensitive hearing (not supplied). Access to cab requires climbing near-vertical steps. Limit 1 passenger. Minimum age 12. Additional notices and restrictions may apply. Call 800-930-1385 for Locomotive Cab reservations and questions.

Group Tickets
Fare Class Coach Car Fare First Class/Brunch/Dinner
Adult Group* (20-39 group size) $16.00 Please call 800-930-1385
Adult Group* (40+ group size) $15.00
Child Group** $8.00

*Bus driver and group leader ride free with adult groups.
** Bus driver and group leader ride free with child groups. Other adult supervisors and parents pay child group rate.

Special trains can be scheduled for school and adult groups on days of non-operation by calling 800-930-1385. Museum tour guides can be made available if arranged in advance by contacting the museum office.

COACH: Coach car seating is the most popular fare type and is the traditional train ride experience.

CABOOSE: Lower caboose seating shown. Additional seats located in the cupola section, shown in insert.

LOCOMOTIVE CAB: Sit across the cab from the engineer and experience railroading from a perspective few people ever get a chance to see.

ONBOARD DINING: First Class, Brunch Train, and Dinner Train ticket holders ride in our luxury cars and are waited on by uniformed servers. Only offered during select special events.

Dining On the Train

Experience the tradition of dining aboard a train! Various onboard dining options are offered during most special events. Click the special event links above to see if onboard dining options are offered during that event.

How to Find Us

Mid-Continent is located at North Freedom, Wisconsin, about one hour north of Madison, and 1/2 hour south from Wisconsin Dells. From the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 12 and Wis. Hwy. 33 in Baraboo, take Wis. Hwy. 136 west toward Rock Springs about 4 miles. Turn left on Cty. Hwy. PF to North Freedom. Follow the signs west from the 4-way stop in town.

For GPS users, many databases have us in the wrong place. Use these coordinates instead: N 43.4602 W 89.8744

Museum Facilities

There is ample free parking at the museum. Public restrooms, a picnic shelter, and Pine Tree Park are adjacent to the depot. There are no camping facilities at the museum.

Frequently Asked Questions

See our FAQ Page

Contact Us

Office phone: 608-522-4261
Toll free: 800-930-1385
Reservation questions or changes:

Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society
E8948 Museum Road
P.O. Box 358
North Freedom, WI 53951


Baraboo Chamber of Commerce
Wisconsin Dells Chamber of Commerce
Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau
Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce